Greece's latest GDP growth data is now in. It shows Greek economic activity shrinking yet again - and faster than expected. Raising questions as to whether Athens will be able to fulfil all the pledges it made to get the latest payout.
In most countries, the global financial crisis has led to a ballooning of sovereign debt levels. Large-scale economic stimulus programs and bank bailouts have been a costly affair, a fresh study bears out.
Merkel and Tsipras discussed Greece's return to economic stability as well as immigration and Macedonia. Protests, banned in hopes of avoiding scenes similar to her last visit, were quelled by police using tear gas.
While domestic corruption and mismanagement are part of the problem, activists say the situation is complex. The international community is also to blame for the enormous mountain of debt threatening African economies.
Jordan's government almost collapsed in the summer after it tried to pass a deeply unpopular tax bill. It has been facing fresh protests since it passed a similar law in mid-November.
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